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Seeking the Zeitgeist of the Information Age

Summer in the backyard

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2017 /Q4

  • disegni

Drawings
This section includes some drawings, sketches and studies realized over the years 2008- 2017 some made as a student for the Scientific Illustration class at the Fine Art Academy of Urbino, some other as sculpting design practice, studying how to sketch ideas and give shape to imagination.
Ischia is a volcanic island that lies in the Tyrrhenian Sea, at the northern end of the Gulf of Naples.
Here, in the early ‘70s every summer all my family moved in from july to september.
That time as gone, but i still come every year in my grandmother's house.
Starting from 2008 i’m realizing a series of works entitled “Summer in the backyard”.

Links:
"Summer in the backyard" → Open

Ars Electronica

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2016 /Q3

ars electronica festival 2016 radical atoms and the alchemists of our time

ARS ELECTRONICA FESTIVAL
Heading to Ars Electronica Festival on september 8 in team with Noemalab and 5wftf for grabbing the secrets of contemporary alchemy.

RADICAL ATOMS
and the alchemists of our time
… and what comes after self-driving cars and the internet of things?

"While the world still has its hands full dealing with the Digital Revolution and the cultural and social transformations and challenges that it’s brought about, a young generation of scientists and creative engineers has set a course for new frontiers and is already at work amalgamating the disembodied world of digital data with the physical world of our bodies.
They’re interconnecting bits and atoms in elementary form, fabricating new high-tech materials from natural substances.
They’re teaming up with artists and designers, employing the neurosciences and biotechnology, digital hardware & software, and bringing together old handicrafts traditions with 3-D printers and laser cutters.
With their unorthodox approaches and highly inspiring projects, they’re not only blazing trails for new developments; they’re also opening up completely new ways of looking at the role of science in our society and the interplay of technology and nature.

In close cooperation with Prof. Hiroshi Ishii of MIT Media Lab, the 2016 Ars Electronica Festival will be focusing on this field, one that’s fascinating and challenging for art, technology and society in equal measure.
With his Tangible Media Group at the MIT Media Lab, Ishii has done pioneering work on the human-machine interface and thereby made a name for himself worldwide.
His first high-profile appearance at Ars Electronica was in 1997. In the meantime, he and the staff of his lab have launched Radical Atoms, the next step in interlinking the digital and physical domains, and thus broaching a realm that goes far beyond the idea of an internet of things.
The spectacular prototypes that have emerged from his lab are already milestones along the course of this new development."


Info: http://www.aec.at/radicalatoms/en/

Flesh

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2016 /Q1

  • flesh carne video performance
flesh carne video performance

Video Performance
Screenshot from a 07'41 Video Art Piece realized in collaboration with the italian Performer Gabriella Zeno.
In June 2015, after a Butoh Seminar, Gabriella tested in her studio a new performance entitled "Carne (entropici sogni di redenzione)" filming herself with a Sony Handycam DCR-SX65E.
Instead of re-shooting everything in HD (that was the plan...), we decided to use the original low resolution (720x576) video (duration: about 20'), with the purpose of preserving the whole sequence, cutting it in several "pieces", editing and placing each - almost simultaneously - on the stage.
Low resolution helped us producing visual ambiguity and the desired impact on perception, preserving the original performance essence.

Innocent Experimentz

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2015 /Q4

PlayGround
+^+* is actually burning his mind-circuits experimenting on a series of Generative Prints. The Search for Beauty in computer generated art is a crazy run.


"Generative Design is a morphogenetic process using algorithms structured as not-linear systems for endless unique and un-repeatable results performed by an idea-code, as in Nature".
Celestino Soddu

Links:
Generative Print & Patterns → Open

Selected Works

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2008-2012

Above, the first three frames (upper row) belongs to the polyptych-video "WakeUpArtists! (Dedicated to Malish)" - A NetVIdeoRemix, screened on April 14, 2012 at the 14th ZEMOS98 FESTIVAL in Sevilla, Spain.
Selected in a Call for Political Remix Video made on December 2011 by European Cultural Foundation, Doc Next Network and EMBED, the video has become part of the Doc Next Network Media Collection.
For more information visit: docnextnetwork.org

Your Lucky day
Here You will find a S E L E C T I O N of earlier only-digital works.
It's Your lucky day since here i didn't include works made using traditional techniques: daubs (paintings) and sculptures.

Links:
Works 2008 to 2012 → Open
Mixed Stuff → Open
Video ScreenShots → Open

Past Exhibitions

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2000-2012

ascii gioconda

Years 2012-2000

2012 April 11 - 15 "WakeUpArtists! (Dedicated to Malish) / A NetVIdeoRemix"
FESTIVAL ZEMOS98
| http://14festival.zemos98.org/Programa-de-videos-de-remezcla
Promoted by: political remix video | embed.at | european cultural foundation | doc next network |
Screening on April 14, Sevilla, Spain → https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i94PnI4furY | https://vimeo.com/44755792

2012 "Repopulating Euro 2012 stadiums with Augmented Reality Dogs" | Augmented Reality Experience
Ukraine | https://reticular.org/euro12/

2012 "H Y P E R C Y B E R S P A C E" | Augmented Reality Experience
Urbino, Italy

2010 February - March "Simple Shape Generator" | Multimedia installation
Personal Exhibition, Museo della Scienza, Museo del Balì, Saltara (PU), Italy

2009 18 October - 15 November "weFeedFromDistance || weFeelFormDistance" | Multimedia Installation
Out of Range 2009 - Emotions, Collective Exhibition, Castello di Frontone (PU), Italy

2009 June - July "APES" | Multimedia Exhibition and Broadcast Event
Collective Exhibition, italian art collective twentyfoursides, Urbino, Italy

2006 May - June "[THEABSTRACTFLAVOUROFNOTHING/LASTRATTOSAPOREDELNULLA]"
Personal exhibition, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

2001 Rassegna d'Arte Contemporanea
Collective Exhibition, Circolo degli Ufficiali di Napoli, Italy

2000 Mostra d'Arte Pittorica
Collective Exhibition, Chiostro di Santa Maria la Nova, Napoli, Italy

Top image and site cover: Ascii Gioconda.

Statement

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2011

Increase / feed curiosity.

A computer-generated Manifesto
Applying the generative approach - widely - to different categories of objects, you will easily come into playing with words.
My Statement / Manifesto was generated by an online app that randomly creates clauses by selecting alternative words between some fixed and some provided by the user.

"We are here. We are many. We are Solvers. We are a tribe".
Lastly, since in 2011 i joined the Solvers Movement, i would suggest You to read the Solvers Manifesto written by Nuno Simaria, with whom i collaborated to the → italian translation.
The message contained in the Solvers Manifesto might sound a bit "strong", but, at the end, Solvers remains on the Light Side of the Force.

Links:
Randomic Statement → Open

Whoami

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1973

who am i

HI, i'm +^+*.
I was born in Napoli, Italia.
I've been one of those crazy dudes grown up during the golden age of arcade video games.
My art journey started as a self-taught maker and it was a mess.
Later, after earned an art bachelor... it was still a complete mess.
Ehm, yes, i failed a lot!

Through the years, i’ve been involved in several projects using different identities and names, going through few incarnations, getting used to struggle with complexity.

In 2008 i joined the Tech Staff of the Fine Art Academy of Urbino, “a World Heritage Site notable for a remarkable historical legacy of independent Renaissance culture”, working as independent contractor while earning (2011) a degree in New Media Art.

In 2010 and 2011 i refined my education achivevements at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland, attending few selected modules of the Master of Advanced Studies in Interaction Design.

From 2011 to 2013 i’ve been Lecturer in Digital Applications for Visual Arts at the Fine Art Academy of Urbino.

In 2013 i co-founded the project FiveWordsForTheFuture and started my collaboration with Prof. Pier Luigi Capucci, working behind some of his cutting-edge projects as a problem solver, while contributing to his online magazine Noemalab as a a member of its Editorial and media staff.

WhoAmI (seriously now)
I'm both a human inspired by compassion and an art computing-machine.
"A very informal informational alchemist who seeks the Zeitgeist of the information age".

I like words, numbers, data, images, imagination and <> (tags).
While doing what what i do, i crashed few motherboards and collected some bytes.
No, i didn't put any burnt chipset on the site (yet).

When i started mixing words, images, numbers - i have to admit - i became a bit numb, or more realistically... dumb.
Now, the only thing i know for certain is that some numbers are dumbers.
In the 70s (maybe the 80s?), when i was a kid, someone used to call me TATO, a word that, translated into the TechnoTronic language (symbols, numbers and other stuff... "it's a bit... technical"...) means: Cross (+), logic AND (^), Cross (+), Star (*) [ or CIRCLE (°) ].

Does it make sense **##!?
Guess? It doesn't have to!
Remember: "even a broken clock is right twice a day!"
So, for now, i hope You'll enjoy browsing this handMade website crafted with PURE DIGITAL LOVE.

Linkz

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http://

www Nostalgia for the early times.
In the early times of web, every website had its link section.
Despite the large parte of my activity is internet-oriented, some entities (like my www works and identities) are not showcased here, even though my soul is always floating in the cyberspace.
So, theese are the essential.